!!! It's been almost three (THREE!) years since that early reading of Leap of Faith (with Raul Esparza and Ms Kassebaum. [livejournal.com profile] joran and I learned of the reading (on the Friday) only because we had passed by the Gershwin stage door on the Thursday night holding a windowcard from Company which starred Raul Esparza. [side note: that windowcard still occupies a prized and singular frame and has never been hidden away for rotation.]

Leap of Faith, Menken's Gospel-Filled Musical Comedy, Will Premiere in L.A.

By Kenneth Jones
28 Jan 2010

Following a recent Manhattan workshop presentation of Leap of Faith, the new musical with songs by Alan Menken and Glenn Slater, Center Theatre Group is taking its own leap of faith: It will produce the world premiere this summer at the Ahmanson Theatre.

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Priscilla Queen of the Desert Will Strut to Broadway in Early 2011

By Kenneth Jones
October 2, 2009

The North American premiere of the musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert in Toronto in fall 2010 will be followed by a spring 2011 opening on Broadway, according to an industry casting notice.

Produced by Back Row Productions, Specific Films, Rafford Films, Nederlander Productions, Inc., Terri and Timothy Childs in association with MGM On Stage—Darcie Denkert and Dean Stolber, the musical based on the Academy Award-winning film of the same name will play 12 weeks at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto starting in October 2010 before moving to a Broadway house to be determined. A Broadway opening of March 2011 is listed on the casting notice.

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Honestly! This?! Plus the fact that Sondheim:80 is the Roundabout's Spring Gala theme? Seeing me run to a short corner and squee in excitement because it seems like this year is a great year to see Sondheim. A Little Night Music with Lansbury, and now Sondheim on Sondheim with Barbara Cook? Awesomecakessaucesandwhisky!

Cook, Williams, Sondheim and Lapine Will Return to Broadway with Sondheim on Sondheim

By Kenneth Jones
October 1, 2009

Sondheim on Sondheim, a new Broadway musical starring Barbara Cook, Vanessa Williams, Michael Arden and Leslie Kritzer, will premiere at Broadway's Studio 54 in spring 2010 in a production directed and conceived by James Lapine with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.

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Zeta-Jones, Lansbury, Hanson, Lazar, Davie Set for Broadway's Night Music Revival

By Andrew Gans
September 22, 2009

Academy Award winner Catherine Zeta-Jones and five-time Tony Award winner Angela Lansbury will head the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music.

Directed by Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn, the first-ever Broadway revival of the acclaimed musical — which gave the world the Sondheim classic "Send in the Clowns" — will begin previews Nov. 24 at the Walter Kerr Theatre with an official opening scheduled for Dec. 13.

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Rock of Ages to Welcome Kerry Butler in September

By Andrew Gans
August 27, 2009

Kerry Butler, who received a Tony nomination for her performance in Xanadu, will join the cast of Broadway's Rock of Ages Sept. 21 for a sixth-month engagement.

Butler will play six performances a week in the role of Sherrie, the part created by Amy Spanger. The role's understudy will play the part for both Sunday performances.

In a statement lead producer Carl Levin said, "Kerry is one of my favorite Broadway performers and I cannot tell you how lucky we feel to have her. She's funny, she's beautiful, and most importantly she can sing like a rock star."

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Hathaway, McDonald, Esparza, Pittu and Walker Preserve Twelfth Night on Disc

By Adam Hetrick
August 24, 2009

The starry, music-filled Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, featuring a score by the Brooklyn-based band Hem, will be released on CD Oct. 27.

Shakespeare's tale of unrequited love, hidden identity and midsummer madness played a critically praised run at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in early June. Under the direction of Daniel Sullivan, the production was the first of the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park offerings of 2009.

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August: Osage County to End Broadway Run June 28

By Ernio Hernandez
June 17, 2009

The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning August: Osage County will end its Broadway run June 28 at the Music Box Theatre, producers announced late June 17.

When it closes, Tracy Letts' acclaimed drama — which opened on Broadway Oct. 30, 2007 — will have played 18 previews and 648 regular performances.

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Little Night Music Revival to Play a Jujamcyn Theatre

By Andrew Gans
June 11, 2009

The Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music will play a Jujamcyn theatre, according to The New York Times.

As previously reported, Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn will direct the revival. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in October with an opening some time in December. Dates are "tentative," according to a recent Equity casting notice.

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Play On: Starry Twelfth Night Begins Central Park Run June 10

By Adam Hetrick
June 10, 2009

Academy Award-nominated actress Anne Hathaway heads a cast of stage and screen veterans in the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night, which begins performances June 10 at the outdoor Delacorte Theater.

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With the mention of David Mirvish, I wonder if La Cage has a chance to come to Toronto...

West End La Cage Revival Will Play Broadway

By Robert Viagas
07 Jun 2009

The acclaimed, award-winning London revival of Jerry Herman's La Cage aux Folles is headed to Broadway.

The producer of the Tony-winning Best Revival of a Play, The Norman Conquests, announced in the Tony press room that their next Broadway production will be a transfer of the hit West End revival of La Cage aux Folles.

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Cast Recording of Sondheim's Road Show to Arrive in Stores June 30

By Adam Hetrick
June 4, 2009

Nonesuch Records and PS Classics will release the much-anticipated cast recording of the Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman musical Road Show on June 30.

PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker produced the 17-track cast recording, which features the entire original Off-Broadway company from the 2008 Public Theater world premiere. The Road Show recording will include complete lyrics and production photos.

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Dolly Parton, Elton John, Liza Minnelli and More to Perform on 2009 Tony Awards

By Andrew Gans
June 2, 2009

Additional performances for the 63rd Annual Tony Awards, which will be broadcast live on CBS June 7 beginning at 8 PM ET, were announced June 2.

Among those just announced to perform on the telecast celebrating the Broadway theatre's biggest night of the year are Dolly Parton with the cast of 9 to 5: The Musical; Elton John with the cast of Billy Elliot, The Musical; Liza Minnelli; Stockard Channing; and the band Poison with the cast of Rock of Ages.

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Meryl Streep, Debra Monk and More Set for Reading of A Good Smoke

By Andrew Gans
May 19, 2009

Academy Award winner Meryl Streep will take part in an upcoming by-invitation-only reading of Don Cummings' A Good Smoke.

Hare/Deux Productions will present the June 14 reading at the Public Theater. Show time is 7 PM.

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Little Night Music Revival Is Gearing Up for Broadway; Nunn to Direct

By Andrew Gans
April 28, 2009

Tony Award winner Trevor Nunn will direct a Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning A Little Night Music, according to a casting notice.

Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in October with an opening some time in December. Dates are "tentative," according to the Equity casting notice.

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London's Union Theatre to Revive Sondheim's Company

By Mark Shenton
April 20, 2009

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's 1970 Broadway musical Company will be revived at Southwark's tiny Union Theatre, beginning performances May 20 (prior to an official opening May 21), for a run to June 13 only.

In 2008 the Union Theatre produced a highly acclaimed staging of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd; other musical successes in the last few years include productions of Cabaret, Annie Get Your Gun and The Pajama Game, as well as all-male productions of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado.

Company will be directed and staged by Michael Strassen, with musical direction and orchestrations by Michael England. Strassen is also a well-known West End actor, who appeared in the original London cast of Miss Saigon, as well as Les Miserables (in which he played Marius, and sang the same role for the VE Day Anniversary in Hyde Park that was attended by the Royal Family and an audience of 250,000, and televised worldwide by the BBC) and Jesus Christ Superstar (playing Simon Zealotes). He has recorded two solo albums, and also duets with Ruthie Henshall on her Gershwin CD, "Love is Here to Stay." He directed Henshall's one-woman show at the Royal Festival Hall and subsequent U.K. tour. He directed From West End to Broadway, featuring six leading West End artists in concert, and Philip Ridley's play The Pitchfork Disney for the Yvonne Arnaud Mill Studio. Most recently he staged and directed Mark Carroll's The Attic, a new musical about old and new toys and their values clashing, that was performed at The theatre Royal, Haymarket with a West End cast.

England has been the musical director for such West End shows as Spamalot, The Producers, The Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer – The Opera and Les Misérables. On the concert platform, his conducting credits include the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Bangkok Symphony Orchestra, Nederlands Balletorkest and the Slovenia Radio Symphony Orchestra, which was also televised. He has been musical director for Tony Award winner Lilianne Montevecchi, for John Barrowman and Ruthie Henshall, for whom he also arranged and conducted tracks on her album "Pilgrim." As a composer his output has included works for film, television and the concert platform, and in December 2008 he was commissioned to write a short piece for members of the Royal Ballet, which premiered at the Royal Opera House in the Clore Studio, as part of their "Draft works" series.

Casting is still to be announced.

To book tickets, contact the box office at 020 7261 9876 or visit www.uniontheatre.biz.
Parton Joins 9 to 5's Block on Debut Solo Recording, "This Place I Know"

By Andrew Gans
April 17, 2009

Grammy Award-winning songwriter Dolly Parton duets with 9 to 5: The Musical co-star Stephanie J. Block on the Parton classic "I Will Always Love You," one of 13 tracks on Block's debut solo recording, "This Place I Know," due in stores in June on the PS Classics label.

Produced by its music director, Dominick Amendum, the new CD will arrive in stores June 2; iTunes will feature the recording beginning May 12.

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Oh! I am so excited to hear these new cast announcements. Raul Esparza and Audra McDonald FTW!

McDonald, Esparza, Pittu, Cumpsty and More Join Twelfth Night Cast

By Adam Hetrick
April 15, 2009

Four time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Raúl Esparza have joined the cast of the Public Theater's upcoming Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night starring the previously announced Anne Hathaway.

In addition to Academy Award-nominee Hathaway as Viola, the Public has revealed that McDonald (110 in the Shade, Ragtime) will play Olivia with three-time Tony nominee Esparza (Company, Speed-the-Plow) as Orsino.

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Riabko to Return to Spring Awakening Tour April 14

By Adam Hetrick
April 7, 2009

Kyle Riabko will return to the national tour of the Tony-winning Duncan Sheik-Steven Sater musical Spring Awakening on April 14.

Riabko, who succeeded Jonathan Groff as Melchior in the Broadway production of Spring Awakening, originated that role for the national tour of the production, which launched in San Francisco last September.

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Beyond the Yellow Brick Road Concert Series to Feature Bean, Espinosa and Schwartz

By Andrew Gans
April 8, 2009

Upright Cabaret's Wicked Summer Nights: Beyond the Yellow Brick Road concert series will play Los Angeles' Ford Amphitheatre beginning June 2009 and will boast the talents of Wicked composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz and former Elphabas Shoshana Bean and Eden Espinosa.

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Daniel Evans Appointed New Artistic Director of Sheffield Theatres

By Mark Shenton
April 8, 2009

Olivier Award winner and Tony nominee Daniel Evans will take over as artistic director of Sheffield Theatres — the umbrella organization for the complex of the Crucible Theatre (that contains a main house and a studio theatre) and Lyceum Theatre — that he will now be responsible for artistically programming. The Crucible Theatre is currently undergoing a £15.3 million refurbishment.

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Oscar Nominee Hathaway Will Be Garland on Stage and Screen

By Andrew Gans
March 23, 2009

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway, who will portray Viola in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night this summer, has landed another starring role.

Hathaway, according to Variety, will play the late, legendary Judy Garland in both the stage and screen adaptations of the Garland bio "Get Happy."

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Espinosa Will Sing Mitchell, Sondheim and Schwartz at Joe's Pub; Thompson Is Special Guest

By Andrew Gans
March 16, 2009

As previously announced, Eden Espinosa, whose Broadway credits include Rent, Brooklyn and Wicked, will perform in concert at Joe's Pub March 22-24.

Espinosa's special guest for her concerts — entitled Eden Espinosa — Me — will be Katie Thompson, the singer-songwriter who will be seen in the new Michael John LaChiusa musical Giant this spring at the Signature Theatre in Virginia.

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Academy Award Winner Duke to Join Cast of San Fran's Wicked

By Andrew Gans
March 2, 2009

Patty Duke, who won an Academy Award for her performance as Helen Keller in the 1962 film "The Miracle Worker," will step into the role of Madame Morrible in the San Francisco production of Wicked, which is currently playing the Orpheum Theatre.

Duke will succeed Carol Kane, who concludes her limited engagement March 22. Duke's first performance is scheduled for March 24.

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Rondi Reed to Join Broadway Cast of Wicked in March

By Andrew Gans
February 24, 2009

Rondi Reed, who won a Tony Award for her performance in August: Osage County, will join the Broadway company of Wicked in March.

Beginning March 17, Reed will portray Madame Morrible, the role created on Broadway by Billy Elliot's Carole Shelley. Reed previously played the role in the Chicago production of Wicked.

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Next to Normal Will Now Play the Booth Theatre

By Andrew Gans
February 24, 2009

Next to Normal, the acclaimed new musical that had been announced to play the Longacre Theatre, will now make its home at the Booth Theatre. Previews will begin, as originally scheduled, on March 27 with an opening on April 15.

The Booth was the recent home of The Story of My Life, which ended its brief run Feb. 22.

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Broadway's Story of My Life Is Short-Lived; Musical to Close Feb. 22

By Kenneth Jones
February 21, 2009

The Story of My Life, the intimate two-actor musical about the contours of a lifelong friendship — and its sudden ending —will close on Broadway Feb. 22 following the matinee, a spokesperson for the show confirmed to Playbill.com Feb. 21.

Previews at the Booth Theatre began Feb. 3 toward a Feb. 19 opening. The musical will have played 18 previews and five regular performances.

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PS Classics and Nonesuch to Record Sondheim's Road Show Feb. 23

By Adam Hetrick
February 19, 2009

The cast of the recent Public Theater production of Road Show will head into a Manhattan recording studio Feb. 23 to capture the latest musical from Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Stephen Sondheim.

PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker told Playbill.com that Nonesuch Records will jointly produce the single disc. A spring in-store arrival is expected.

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Cotton Will Succeed Alvin in Off-Broadway's Marvelous Wonderettes

By Andrew Gans
February 18, 2009

Misty Cotton, who played the role of Missy in the Laguna Playhouse production of The Marvelous Wonderettes, will step into that role in the Off-Broadway production of the pop musical comedy beginning March 6.

Cotton succeeds original Wonderettes cast member Farah Alvin, who will play her final performance at the Westside Theatre March 1.

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D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre Company to Feature Mirren, Carter and World Premiere

By Andrew Gans
February 18, 2009

Shakespeare Theatre Company artistic director Michael Kahn announced the company's 2009-2010 season Feb. 18.

In addition to productions of Shakespeare's As You Like It, Richard II and Henry V — the latter two will play in repertory — and Euripides' The Bacchae, the new season will boast a limited engagement of the National Theatre of Great Britain's production of Jean Racine's Phèdre starring Dame Helen Mirren.

Other highlights include George Bernard Shaw's Mrs. Warren's Profession, starring stage and screen actress Dixie Carter; and a David Ives adaptation of Pierre Corneille's The Liar, directed by artistic director Kahn.

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Spring Awakening to Transfer to London's Novello Theatre

By Mark Shenton
February 18, 2009

The U.K. production of Spring Awakening, currently running at the Lyric Hammersmith through March 14, will transfer to the West End's Novello Theatre on completion of its run at the Hammersmith.

Performances will resume at the Novello March 21 prior to an official opening March 26. Spring Awakening is booking initially through Oct. 31.

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Next to Normal, with Entire Arena Cast, to Play Broadway's Longacre

By Andrew Gans
February 17, 2009

Next to Normal, the acclaimed new musical seen Off-Broadway at Second Stage and more recently at Arlington's Arena Stage, will arrive on Broadway March 27 at the Longacre Theatre, most recently the home of the Tony-winning revival of Boeing-Boeing.

Opening night is April 15.

Michael Grief, who directed both the Off-Broadway and Arena Stage productions, will direct on Broadway as well. The Broadway production will also boast the entire Arena Stage cast: Alice Ripley, J. Robert Spencer, Aaron Tveit, Jennifer Damiano, Adam Chanler-Berat and Louis Hobson. (Ripley, Tveit, Damiano and Chanler-Berat were also in the Second Stage Theatre production.)

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Tony Winner Faith Prince to Join Broadway's Little Mermaid

By Andrew Gans
February 17, 2009

Tony Award winner Faith Prince, most recently on Broadway in A Catered Affair, will return to The Great White Way in April in Disney's The Little Mermaid.

According to the Associated Press, Prince will begin performances as the evil Ursula, the role currently being played by Heidi Blickenstaff, April 7 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

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Mirvish Books Little House, Joseph, Young Frankenstein, Priscilla, August and More for Toronto

By Kenneth Jones
February 17, 2009

Producer David Mirvish will present nine productions on four Toronto stages for the 2009-10 season, with seven on the Mirvish Theatre Subscription.

The slate includes locally produced shows (Cloud 9, Stuff Happens) and touring productions (such as August: Osage County, Fiddler on the Roof), plus the North American premieres of the Australian musical Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Perry Henzell's reggae-infused The Harder They Come, the West End musical with songs by Jimmy Cliff.

Also planned are the Canadian premieres of Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, the Pulitzer Prize-winning August: Osage County and the new musical Little House on the Prairie starring Melissa Gilbert. A resident Toronto production of David Hare's Stuff Happens, the play about the Bush administration's rush to war, will also be staged (by the Canadian troupe Studio 180).

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Interesting to see both "Nikki"'s from Curtains play the role of Anne Egerman (Davie having replaced Paice when Paice went to the UK to play Scarlett O'Hara in Gone with the Wind.

Davie Replaces South Pacific-Bound Osnes in White Plains' Night Music

By Andrew Gans
February 12, 2009

Erin Davie, who has been seen on Broadway in Curtains and Grey Gardens, has replaced the previously announced Laura Osnes (Grease) in the White Plains Performing Arts Center's upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's A Little Night Music.

Davie will now play the role of Anne. Osnes is departing the production to succeed Kelli O'Hara as Nellie Forbush in the Broadway revival of South Pacific.

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Breaker, Butz, Esparza, Leavel, O'Hara, Ripley and More Set for MCC's Miscast Benefit

By Ernio Hernandez
February 12, 2009

Daniel Breaker, Norbert Leo Butz, Raul Esparza, Beth Leavel, Kelli O'Hara, Steven Pasquale, Alice Ripley and Aaron Tveit will appear in MCC Theatre's annual benefit, Miscast 2009, March 9.

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Producers Say Minsky's Will Bump and Grind on Broadway in 2009-10

By Kenneth Jones
February 12, 2009

Producers Kevin McCollum and Bob Boyett plan to bring Minsky's — the new Charles Strouse musical now playing in Los Angeles — to Broadway, McCollum told the Associated Press.

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Oscar Nominee Hathaway to Star in Shakespeare in the Park's Twelfth Night

By Adam Hetrick
February 12, 2009

Academy Award nominee Anne Hathaway will star as Viola in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night this summer.

Daniel Sullivan will direct Twelfth Night, which will kick off the summer of free theatre at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Sullivan previously staged A Midsummer Night's Dream for Shakespeare in the Park in 2007. Twelfth Night will run June 9-July 12.

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Streep, Langella, Winslet, Hoffman and More Among Academy Awards Nominees

By Andrew Gans
January 22, 2009

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker announced the nominees for the 81st Academy Awards Jan. 22 at 8:30 AM ET in the Academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Nominees follow:

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Recording of Sondheim's Road Show Aiming for Spring Release

By Adam Hetrick
January 19, 2009

The Public Theater world premiere of the Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman musical Road Show will be preserved on disc by PS Classics co-founder Tommy Krasker.

Krasker, who has produced ten Sondheim cast albums – including the Grammy-nominated revival recordings of Assassins, Sweeney Todd and Company – told Playbill.com that he will produce the recording of the Sondheim musical that explores the life of the eccentric Mizner brothers.

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Kennedy, Powers and Murney Will Join Barbour for Sardi's Concerts

By Andrew Gans
January 18, 2009

As previously announced, Lauren Kennedy will join recent Tale of Two Cities star James Barbour for the opening night of his new concert Love Songs, which will play Saturday evenings at Sardi's beginning Jan. 31.

Barbour returns to Sardi's having concluded his solo run in The Holiday Concert at the theatre-district destination on Jan. 4. His latest show, Love Songs, will play Saturday evenings through Feb. 28.

Other scheduled guests include the newly announced Jenny Powers (Little Women, Happiness) Feb. 7 and Julia Murney (Wicked, The Wild Party) Feb. 28.

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Addams Family Sings Together in NYC Workshop of New Musical, With Lane and Neuwirth

By Kenneth Jones
January 14, 2009

The creators of The Addams Family, the new musical inspired by the macabre characters created by illustrator Charles Addams, are currently holed up in a Manhattan studio for a starry two-week workshop that will culminate in a private industry presentation on Jan. 27.

Playbill.com has learned that the cast of this January developmental workshop includes Nathan Lane as Gomez, Bebe Neuwirth as Morticia, Kevin Chamberlin as Fester, Zachary James as Lurch, Marylouise Burke as Grandmama, Terrence Mann, Jan Maxwell and more. As is often the case with readings and workshops, this does not necessarily reflect what the final production casting will be.

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Hilty, Kritzer, Block, Bahorek, Hanlon, Alvin Will Sing Tunes of Up-n-Coming Composers in D.C.

By Andrew Gans
January 13, 2009

Following the previously announced Millennium Stage 12th Anniversary Celebration: Broadway Today Jan. 31 at the Kennedy Center, the famed Washington, DC, venue will host a week of musical theatre cabarets.

Curated by Michael Kerker and ASCAP, the Feb. 1-7 performances will be presented in the Millennium Stage's Grand Foyer, which will be transformed into a cabaret.

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Chenoweth Replaces Mazzie in Encores! Music in the Air; Schramm and Sella Join Cast

By Andrew Gans
January 12, 2009

Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth has replaced the previously announced Marin Mazzie in the City Center Encores! upcoming production of Music in the Air, which will play the famed Manhattan venue Feb. 5-8.

Mazzie has withdrawn from the production due to the recent death of her father.

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Dromard, Flynn, Hall and Rioseco Will Join Kassebaum and Wicks in San Fran Wicked

By Andrew Gans
January 13, 2009

Casting is now complete for the open-ended San Francisco engagement of Wicked, which begins performances Jan. 27 at the Orpheum Theatre.

As previously announced, the cast will be headed by Teal Wicks (L.A. Wicked, national tour of Pippin) and Kendra Kassebaum (Broadway's Wicked, Off-Broadway's The Receptionist) as, respectively, the green-faced, misunderstood Elphaba and the curly-locked Glinda with Carol Kane as Madame Morrible and David Garrison as The Wizard.

Playbill.com has learned that the company will also feature Nicolas Dromard as Fiyero, Tom Flynn as Dr. Dillamond, Deedee Magno Hall as Nessarose and Eddy Rioseco as Boq with Natalie Daradich as the standby for Glinda and understudy for Nessarose and Vicki Noon as the standby for Elphaba.

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I am very disappointed to learn this news. :( I had an opportunity to see Ms Paice in Curtains two summers ago and will look forward to her portrayal of Anne Egerman.

Taking Over for Benanti, Paice Joins Roundabout Night Music Concert

By Kenneth Jones
January 5, 2009

Under the advice of her doctor, Tony Award-winning actress Laura Benanti has to withdraw from the gala concert of A Little Night Music Jan. 12 in Manhattan.

Jill Paice of London and Broadway's The Woman in White and Broadway's Curtains will play the role Anne in the benefit for Roundabout Theatre Company, at Studio 54.

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Burns, Creel, Parrish, Murney, Urie and More Set for Upright Cabaret's East Coast Debut at Joe's Pub

By Andrew Gans
January 3, 2009

A host of theatre favorites will be part of Upright Cabaret's upcoming East Coast debut at Joe's Pub.

The Jan. 11 concert will mark the first time Upright Cabaret — the L.A.-based cabaret series created by producers/hosts Chris Isaacson and Shane Scheel — will play a Manhattan venue. Show time at the intimate theatre located within the Public Theater is 11 PM.

Among those currently scheduled to perform at the one-night-only event are The Broadway Boys, Andrea Burns, Gavin Creel, Spencer Day, Tim Draxl, Audra Mae, Patina Miller, Julia Murney, Hunter Parrish, Valarie Pettiford, Jessica Phillips, Marni Raab, Julie Reiber, Ken Robinson, Katie Thompson, Michael Urie and Rema Webb.

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Dandridge, McGinnis, Manolakos and Trimm Join Line-Up for Composer Alan's CD Celebration

By Andrew Gans
December 31, 2008

Additional artists have been announced for the upcoming evening at Birdland that will celebrate the release of composer Scott Alan's new CD, "Keys."

Newly announced for the the Jan. 12, 2009, concert — which will feature tunes from "Keys" as well as selections from Alan's debut solo recording, "Dreaming Wide Awake" — are Merle Dandridge, Crystal Monee Hall, Megan McGinnis, Carrie Manolakos, Patti Murin and 13's Allie Trimm.

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